Is ‘America Revealed’–or PBS? Dow-sponsored public TV series tracks Dow’s product lines

Is ‘America Revealed’–or PBS? Dow-sponsored public TV series tracks Dow’s product lines

Once labeled the “Petroleum Broadcasting Service” by journalist Greg Palast, PBS continues to succumb to corporate corruption:

The program featured an extended look at the corn industry, including efforts to control pests. As the program explained, the food industry “needed a game changer” in that fight. And it got one: The “genetically modified organism, better known as a GMO.”

This positively portrayed “game changer” just happens to be the very type of product Dow sells. Indeed, Dow is among a handful of companies that dominate the genetic seed market (Pesticide Action Network, 8/10). The company has recently been trying to win approval for a new genetically modified corn that has been nicknamed “Agent Orange” for its resistance to a highly toxic herbicide. Dow’s application is opposed by the Natural Resources Defense Council and the Center for Food Safety because of its toxicity, and the likelihood that it will simply create even more resistant weeds (EcoWatch, 4/10/12).

Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History (and Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More)

Payola for the Most Profitable Corporations in History (and Why Taxpayers Shouldn’t Stand for It Any More)

Whether or not the bill passes, those subsidies are worth focusing on.  After all, we’re talking at least $10 billion in freebies and, depending on what you count, possibly as much as $40 billion annually in freebie cash for an energy industry already making historic profits.